WJM  Vol.5 No.4 , April 2015
Impact of the Drag Force and the Magnus Effect on the Trajectory of a Baseball
Author(s) Haiduke Sarafian*
ABSTRACT
We consider the impact of drag force and the Magnus effect on the motion of a baseball. Quantitatively we show how the speed-dependent drag coefficient alters the trajectory of the ball. For the Magnus effect we envision a scenario where the rotation of the ball confines the Magnus force to the vertical plane; gravity, drag force and the Magnus force make a trio-planar system. We investigate the interplay of these forces on the trajectories.

Cite this paper
Sarafian, H. (2015) Impact of the Drag Force and the Magnus Effect on the Trajectory of a Baseball. World Journal of Mechanics, 5, 49-58. doi: 10.4236/wjm.2015.54006.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.880184

 
 
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